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bookgeekconfessions:

I wanted to double check that “The Cherry on Top” was a short novel or novella and I found this on uphillwriting.org. I think it’s very informative and hopefully you guys will find it useful!

Good friends, this list is wonderful, but it’s missing something!

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OOH.

this is the most beautiful thing i’ve seen today.

okturner:

To forget about it for a while:

call a friend and talk about something else, like how their day has been. draw something as detailed as you can. make henna tattoos. paint your nails. read a book, magazine or newspaper. put on loud pop music that you can dance to. put on music and sing…
Writing An Effective Action Scene

thedancingwriter:

I’m going to admit that I really struggle with action scenes. Or struggled, depending on what my publisher says about the myriad of actions scenes I have sprinkled throughout the sequel to When Stars Die.

My publisher really had to tear up the one action chapter I had in the climax of When Stars Die. Amelia spent too much time personally reflecting on things while fighting a ruthless Shadowman (dead witch), trying to kill her so she can’t stop him from getting revenge on the people who murdered him— people who kill witches in the first place. This will not contain any spoilers to When Stars Die. The chapter was originally nine pages. Now it is six.

  1. Try to minimize character introspection, or try not to use it at all. Your characters are fighting to survive, so they should only concentrate on the immediate action going on around them. They’re not exactly going to concentrate on the human condition of the reason that they’re fighting, which is what I originally did when Amelia was fighting Sash.
  2. Try to keep sentences short and paragraphs short. Action scenes are fast paced. Wordy sentences and lengthy paragraphs can slow the pacing.
  3. Keep dialogue interactions short. This is all about the action, the exposition, the immediacy of what is going on around the characters. Within the first two pages of the chapter involving the fight between Sash and Amelia, I had one part where the dialogue was too drawn out, so I trimmed down the dialogue, only concentrating on the most important points to lead up to the action. Lengthy dialogue can slow the pacing. Plus, realistically, you wouldn’t stop in the middle of a fight to start engaging in some conversation with your enemy.
  4. Quick reactions. If your protagonist’s options of surviving start to dwindle, force the protagonist to make a quick decision. Don’t spend even five sentences having your protagonist trying to plan out what to do. Realistically, your protagonist will not have that time.
  5. Physical movements. This goes back to concentrating on immediacy. Really concentrate on the physical actions taking place, like running, punching, kicking, whatever. Break it up with some dialogue, too. Anything to keep it interesting.
  6. Create unexpected consequences. This isn’t a spoiler, because everyone, when reading a genre book that includes action, expects some antagonists to die. But Amelia isn’t the one to kill Sash. In fact, she feels sorry for him and is very hesitant to do so.

Hopefully these points will help you write some effective action scenes. Here is a short paragraph from the chapter between Sash and Amelia from When Stars Die that conveys some of the elements above:

"I raise my hand and shove it in Sash’s face (there is fire on her palm). He screams and drops me on to the dirt. I scramble away, back toward Theosodore. The angry fire races beneath my skin, thirsting to be used again. I keep my attention on it, feeding my anger and channeling it into the heat (her skin is heated).”

I am going to do a blog post every other day on my Tumblr. My next blog post will concentrate on creating effective dialogue.

Re-blogs appreciated, especially if you know other writers who need this advice.

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sigurtavros:

Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.

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trigger-incoming:

Guys, seriously. Signal boost. I needed this the other night, and a few weeks ago I was talking with someone who needed it. This is the best freaking thing ever. 

Always.

NO NO NO. 

DO NOT USE IMALIVE. 

THEY ARE CONNECTED WITH “TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS” WHICH IS AN EXTREME CHRISTIAN GROUP THAT IS RLY SHITTY TO LGBTQ YOUTH AMONG OTHER TERRIBLE THINGS (I’M PRETTY SURE THEY’RE A SCAM AS WELL) 

IMALIVE IS NOT A GOOD THING. 

IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THAT STUFF BUT CAN’T USE THE PHONE. PLEASE USE CRISISCHAT.ORG ISNTEAD. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT USE IMALIVE THEY ARE DANGEROUS

I reblogged IMALIVE last night. I’m reblogging this post for the correction. Thank you! 

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tuutuuruu:

fucktonofanatomyreferences:

A mouth-watering fuck-ton of hand references.

[From various sources]

FOR ALL THE ARTISTS OUT THERE, I GIVE YOU…HANDS

tuutuuruu mentioned this post on my wip sketch, thank you very much this should definitely help because i seriously cannot draw hands. everything else, fine, hands, must look at refs for at all times.

lil-miss-banana:

binart:

a bunch of people were saying they found my last arm study helpful, so i thought i’d post my other ones here too :D

omg third one on the second row is the reference I’ve been needing for a picture forever

cauliflowerqueen:

So I decided to put one of these together to refer back to and also help minimize some of my tabs.  Happy blogging dear tumblrbugs! :)
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So I decided to put one of these together to refer back to and also help minimize some of my tabs.  Happy blogging dear tumblrbugs! :)

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